Our attitudes towards disability are contradictory – we are presented either as superhuman or scroungers and fakes
There may be two main problems. The first problem centres around the designation of the refugee status and the second, the designation of who is particularly vulnerable and resettling based on this consideration. Religious minorities struggle to be recognised under either.
When we are hurt, feel pushed to respond, and others tell us what to do, it is important to listen to our inner voice and follow our intuition. But often it is not as easy and as straight forward as that.
Fear of Falling Fun fact: we're only born afraid of two things - loud noises and falling. Sort of strange when you think
During the last few days, we have seen a new ransomware with code name WannaCry spread rapidly all over the world, infecting thousands of computers and causing crisis in a wide range of industries, with spotlight on the National Health Services (NHS) in England.
Every Wednesday lunchtime, for about a year, I sloped off from my office desk, alone. Away from the shiny soulless glass buildings of Canary Wharf, towards the fishy world of Billingsgate Market, and the little bobbing private narrowboats of the marina.
I'll put my hands up and say I am the first person to be strategic when it comes to communicating with new people. I do not disclose all things about myself because I have a lot of layers and I want you to earn the depths of me.
When I think of the how breast cancer has affected me, the most imminent questions that come to my mind are: 1. Should the cancer have changed me? 2. For the worse AND the better? 3. What should my 'profile' look like? Stronger? Weaker? Both? If both, then how can weak and strong live together in harmony?
So, have I changed? No and Yes. I'm still Jewish and thoroughly different to my Afrikaans family, but now I'm equipped with knowledge, about them and me.
Knowing the connection between self-compassion and compassion for others and being kinder to myself has been a journey for me over several years. A lesson which has deepened this year.
I know there are coaches and mentors out there who would not dare to admit this to themselves let alone their clients who invest in their services, but two of my core values is truth and integrity. I simply cannot and will not lie.
© Erika Pineros / Handicap International During my missions around the world as a physiotherapist for Handicap International
There seems a deep irony in human behaviour that even though we chase strength in order to be loved and accepted, it is through vulnerability that our truest relationships are formed.
There is just one big problem with putting yourself out there and declaring "I am going to be a writer" and that is that
Asking for help is difficult for most people. It forces us to admit our shortcomings; our weaknesses; our vulnerability. It reveals us as the bruised peaches we are - not the shiny, unspoiled apples we wish to be seen as.
Reassurances without evidence from institutions or politicians heavily committed to the renewal project hold little credibility in the face of clear and emerging technologies that could not only undermine the advantage of the submarine, but leave us with an expensive and destabilising system. We need to reopen the Trident Alternatives Review and do a better job this time.
TOTM is a campaign we have set up which intends to raise donations of sanitary products, baby wipes and clean underwear for women facing homelessness in and around Manchester City Centre. Lack of access to sanitary products might only be a small part of the daily challenges that homeless women face but I don't think we can underestimate the value of allowing women to maintain their comfort and dignity.
As much as I have flown over the years, especially lately, I will never get used to turbulence. Sometimes pilots can do something about it, finding some smooth air; and other times, it is well beyond their control ... there is nothing but rough air to fly through. Nothing.
Ever since I became Channel 5 weather presenter in 2010, I've been aware of this growing problem. In that year, we had one of the coldest winters on record - 'Snowmageddon', the tabloids coined it. But this movie-like scenario had no happy Hollywood ending. Thousands of 'excess' deaths were caused by the extreme conditions five years ago, and the death toll has been rising ever since. So, you're probably thinking, how can this be possible in a first world, affluent country? Surely we're all used to the British weather by now?
It can be challenging to share vulnerability as you actually feel it. It might feel strange to tell your partner that you're feeling uncomfortable at that moment, or that you're feeling like stopping or pausing for a while. But it really is worth trying out.